Rural Programs


Strengthening California’s Rural After School Programs

California’s public school students rank as the 10th largest absolute rural school enrollment in the U.S. More than half of the state’s rural students are minorities, and more than one in four are English Language Learners. 85.8% of rural students in California live in poverty. This is over 20% above the National average. Only four states in the nation have higher rural student poverty rates than California (MS, SC, AL, NM). Rural programs have unique successes and challenges.


Rural Committee: Defining Rural

The California AfterSchool Network’s Rural Committee is proud to announce the official working definition of “rural.” The CAN Rural Committee felt it was extremely important for the committee’s rural definition to be carefully crafted to help unite programs and to be a useful tool for the after school field in general.


Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies for Rural Communities Toolkit

Rural communities, due to special characteristics unique to the rural environment, are especially vulnerable to childhood obesity. To combat these high rates, Nemours has released “Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies for Rural Communities”, a toolkit for childhood practitioners outlining specific strategies for promoting healthy, nutritional practices. Along with science-informed prevention strategies, this resource also features policy recommendations and an overview of the evaluation process. 


California ’s 2011 Rural After School Summit

On January 19, 2011, The California AfterSchool Network held its 2nd Rural Summit at the University of California Davis with over 80 participants in attendance. The purpose of the 2011 Rural Afterschool Summit was to educate and inform participants on the unique rural perspectives of California program. It also highlighted the successes and challenges of rural after school programs, demonstrated the need for sustaining rural programs, and provided an opportunity for participants to make recommendations to strengthen rural programs.


Rural Health Information Hub

Your First STOP for Rural Health INFORMATION. If you’re looking for information, opportunities, and resources on rural health, you’ve come to the right place.

The Rural Health Information Hub, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. We are committed to supporting healthcare and population health in rural communities.


California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom provides resources and lessons plans to increase an awareness and understanding of agriculture among California’s educators and students. Lessons plans are arranged by grade level and are aligned to content standards in Reading and Science.